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Charles and I talk about fear, doubt and uncertainty, success and entrepreneurship and why gossip is a way to regulate one’s own behavior.


Charles is a serial entrepreneur. He has an MBA in marketing and was trained as a Chartered Accountant and a banker.

He spent 15 years as co founder and CEO of Synamics, a telecommunications software firm that provided mass calling platforms to telcos. Since then he has co-founded two other technology companies and been an officer, director or investor in a dozen others. He’s provided financing, consulting and coaching services to several dozen other firms and provided training to thousands.

Charles spent four years at MaRS ending as CFO. For most of his time at MaRS he spearheaded a group of former entrepreneurs and specialists who developed thought leadership, provided education, mentorship, market intelligence and capital to over 2,000 technology startups in Ontario.

Among several other jobs in management consulting and investment banking, he spent seven years on the faculty of York’s Schulich School of Business and is now spending a lot of time at the University of Toronto where he’s a Senior Fellow at the Impact Centre doing research on innovation and entrepreneurship.

He also teaches an undergraduate course in the Faculty of Arts and Science and a course in Strategy Execution for the School of Continuing Studies.

Read more about Charles here.